Greens and Whining.

One loves yellow rice. The other loves chocolate cereal.

For lunch the other day we had rice, cassava and papaya greens in coconut milk, and fried tempeh

If you are thinking “my kids would NEVER eat that, and would just beg for some pizza.” Yeah. My kids didn’t want to either. And there was wishing for pizza. 

After their daddy prayed and thanked God for the greens that we grew in our yard and the rice and fish that we were able to buy with the money He provides us with, Michael reminded the boys that the Israelites whined and wished for pizza too…or er…leeks. 

The Israelites were bored. Bored of the miracle that fell from the sky every day. Yawn. They only had to pick up the miracle from the ground. Yawn. God provided the miracle Yawn.

It’s kind of hard to imagine that the thing the Iraelites called manna, and described as tasting like honey cakes would get boring. But, once it became usual they overlooked the miracle, the provision. 

I do the same thing…I overlook the miracle. I overlook the One that allows us to live and work in a simple, mountain environment. I strap on my big girl boots and figure that I am the reason we all survive. No wonder I end up becoming the Queen of Compain. Today I am remembering that God provides for us in miraculous ways. I am trying to be grateful for the manna. 

It’s not only my kids who need a spirit of gratefulness.

Recipe: Vegan Bacon

I recently found a recipe to make us a BLT…with tempeh…so is that an TLT? Or a FLT (facon, lettuce, and tomato)?


I don’t see anything wrong with the real stuff (thanks John and Debbie for sending us a box), but in a usually pork free land we’ve gotta be creative. Not to mention that tempeh is cheap and plentiful and healthful. Oh and it turned out AWESOME!


Tempeh Bacon
(makes a heaping plateful, more than enough for 8 full sandwiches)

3 packs of tempeh (I’d say about 20 oz)
3-4 Tbsp sweet soy sauce (original recipe calls for maple syrup, or palm sugar syrup would work)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
a pinch of cayenne
1 tsp liquid smoke (I didn’t have it so I used extra pepper and some paprika)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp black pepper
*to tell the truth I just dumped until it smelled good

1. Slice the tempeh very thin, think bacon thinness while you are slicing.
2. Combine all of the ingredients, and soak the tempeh while heating the pan (1-2 minutes).
3. Add 1-2 tsp olive oil, and lay each piece of tempeh flat on the pan.
4. Cook for about a minute and then flip. Cook until both sides are crisp and browned.